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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Three people are charged with multiple offenses for allegedly burglarizing two homes in Liberty.

Officer Ray Johnson said a three-week investigation with Lt. William Roper resulted in the arrest of Adam Walker, 19, of White Oak; Talon Perozich, 18, of White Oak; and Brandon Williams, 20, of McKeesport.

All are charged with two counts each of burglary, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass and criminal mischief.

Johnson said the charges stem from a burglary Feb. 11 at noon along the 2800 block of B Street, and a burglary later that day at 6:36 p.m. along the 2900 block of C Street.

The suspects would knock on doors, and kicked them in if no one answered, Johnson said.

Liberty police received information regarding the burglaries Sunday, and executed search warrants in White Oak at Walker's residence along the 1100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, and at an undisclosed location in the borough.

"We had numerous items taken," he said. "A 55-inch TV, a 30-06 rifle, two safes, numerous coin collections, a wheat penny collection, stamp collection and a lot of miscellaneous stuff. I was able to obtain fingerprints from the burglaries. (The prints were) sent down to the Allegheny County crime lab with the help of the Allegheny County police."

Other items recovered include a vintage chest, jewelry, luggage, an antique handgun and a silverware collection.

Johnson said some items were pawned at a shop in North Versailles Township, and DVDs and videos were sold to a store in White Oak. Johnson estimated the cost of the items stolen was at least $5,000.

Walker and Perozich were transported to the Allegheny County Jail and arraigned at Night Court. Williams was arraigned at Glassport Magisterial District Judge Armand A. Martin's office and later taken to ACJ.

All three have preliminary hearings scheduled for next Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Martin's chambers.

Johnson said the investigation continues, and the suspects may have been involved in a burglary Friday night along D Street.

Johnson also thanked Port Vue police officer Kim Foster, White Oak and Allegheny County police for assisting in the investigation.

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